Pullard signed a contract with the Chargers on Wednesday. Pullard's place on the active roster comes following Los Angeles' decision to waive kicker Michael Badgley. The fourth-year linebacker appeared in 13 games for the Chargers last year, recording 74 tackles, one interception and one fumble. Pullard is expected to enter the team's middle linebacker rotation.
Pullard recorded eight tackles (four solo) and recovered a fumble in the Chargers' 14-7 win Sunday over the Jets. Pullard filled in admirably for starting middle linebacker Denzel Perryman, who missed Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury. Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reported Perryman could be available in Week 17, meaning Pullard likely would lose his luster as an IDP option if he returned to his role as a backup linebacker.
Pullard (neck) was active for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. Pullard was listed as a full participant all week in practice, so his status Thursday hardly comes as a surprise. Pullard's return is big for the Chargers' defensive front, as the linebacker recorded at least eight tackles in four straight games before suffering the injury.
Pullard (neck) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Pullard was a limited participant in practices throughout the week with the neck injury, and it apparently wasn't enough for him to receive the green light to play Sunday. Though the Chargers activated Denzel Perryman (ankle) from injured reserve earlier this week, it's expected that Pullard, who has three double-digit tackle games on his ledger this season, will retain a starting role at inside linebacker once healthy, resulting in fewer snaps for the likes of Jatavis Brown and Korey Toomer.
Pullard earned eight tackles in the 21-0 win over the Broncos on Sunday. Pullard led all Chargers linebackers in snaps by a wide margin, as defensive coordinator Gus Bradley opted to use a wide variety of safeties to provide versatility to the scheme. Given the results, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a similar scenario play out against the pass-heavy Patriots next week.
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